Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring or PPG, is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a motor on their back (a paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off using a paraglider. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone, no assistance is required. In many countries, including the United States, powered paragliding is minimally regulated and requires no license. The ability to fly both low and slow safely, the ‘open’ feel, the minimal equipment and maintenance costs, and the portability are claimed to be this type of flying’s greatest merits. Powered paragliders usually fly between 15 and 50 mph (25 and 72 km/h) at altitudes from ‘foot-dragging on the water’ up to 24,000+ ft. (5400 m) although most flying is done under 500 ft. (150 m) AGL (above ground level).Due to the paramotor’s slow forward speed and nature of a soft wing, it is not safe in high winds, turbulence, or intense thermal activity. Prices for a complete new package (wing, harness, and motor) vary from approximately 5,000 USD to 13,000 USD.
Intense Paramotor Emergency Landing
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